Links to articles, interviews, films and video reports addressing struggles Rights Action is supporting & involved with in Guatemala & Honduras
Articles, Interviews, Videos: Here, links to articles, interviews, films and video reports addressing community, environmental, human rights defense work & struggles Rights Action is supporting & involved with in Guatemala & Honduras.
Two main aspects of Rights Action’s work
We regularly send funds to indigenous and non-indigenous community groups in Guatemala and Honduras involved in the environmental, community and human rights struggles that these articles, reports and films address;
We support education and activism work in the U.S. and Canada focusing on how our governments, companies and investors, and global institutions we control (ex: World Bank) contribute to and benefit from the environmental degradation, repression and human rights violations our partner groups are suffering from and resisting.
ARTICLES – HONDURAS
89 bodies dug up by Aura Minerals, Canadian company in Honduras, to get at more gold
By Grahame Russell, February 14, 2018
Electoral fraud, repression and killings by Honduran government, but don’t write letters of protest to the regime
Dec.12, 2017, by Grahame Russell, Rights Action
Honduras, the Deadliest Country in the World for Environmental Defenders, Is About to Get Deadlier
September 29, 2017, by Heather Gies
Canadian tourism operators use corrupt legal system in Honduras to ‘criminalize’ Miriam Miranda and other Garifuna people
Canadian Businessman Patrick Forseth (of the Carivida Villas company) Files Criminal Charges Against Miriam Miranda (OFRANEH) and other Indigenous Garifuna Leaders
6 August 2017, by Dina Meza
17 months of impunity since the assassination of Berta Caceres and shooting of Gustavo Castro: Berta’s family under constant attack
July 31, 2017
Under the Gun: An Investigation Into the Murder of Berta Cáceres
June 15, 2017, by John Gibler
U.S. government admits responsibility for 2012 D.E.A. Ahuas massacre in Honduras
May 29, 2017, by Nina Lakhani, The Guardian
Canadian tourism investors criminalizing Garifuna people on their own lands
May 19, 2017, by Karen Spring
Honduras Narco-trafficker Testifies That Ex-Honduran President Took Bribes
March 7, 2017, InsightCrime
Canada’s “Looting of Honduras”
Nov-Dec 2016, by Asad Ismi
The Canadian porn king and the Caribbean paradise: Is a businessman taking advantage of lawlessness to scoop up land?
November 20, 2016, by Marina Jimenez
Canada Is Not Honduras’ Friend: Coups, Repression and Profits
November 5, 2016, TeleSUR report, RadioFree Winnipeg interview with Grahame Russell
The U.S. and Canada Have Blood on Their Hands in Honduras
October 22, 2016, by Grahame Russell
Berta Caceres: Who She Is and What She Lived For
March 3, 2016, by Grahame Russell
Book: The New (Canadian) Imperialism in Honduras: Ideology, News Media, Pedagogy & Pop Culture
by Tyler Shipley
ARTICLES – GUATEMALA
‘If we’re attacked, we’ll die together’
Los Angeles Times, December 2017
Portrait of Topacio Reynoso, a Guatemalan activist assassinated while denouncing and resisting harms to her community and the environment, and human rights violations and repression by Tahoe Resources
Guatemalan women take on Canada’s mining giants over ‘horrific human rights abuses’
By Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian, 13 December 2017
Is Justice Possible in Canada or Guatemala for Hudbay Minerals/CGN Mining Repression?
By Grahame Russell, October 28, 2017, UpsideDownWorld
Strength and peace in the sacred fire
By Grahame Russell, El Estor, Guatemala, September 27, 2017
Maya Q’eqchi’ Demand Justice For Fisherman Killed During Police Crackdown On Mining Protest In Guatemala
by Sandra Cuffe, July 11, 2017
Is Canada to Blame for Human Rights Abuses in Guatemala? Canadian mining firms are not held responsible for horrors inflicted on Indigenous communities by foreign subsidiaries. But a Toronto court could change that
June 30, 2017, The Walrus, by Annie Hylton
“It sounded like Christmas day fireworks going off … and we knew the Army had killed them all”
May 14, 2017, by Grahame Russell
The Reading of the Names, the Calling Forth of Massacred Loved Ones in Rio Negro
March 13, 2017, by Grahame Russell
Business-As-Usual With Guatemalan ‘Mafia State’: Drug Charges Against Guatemalan Officials
February 27, 2017, InsightCrime
The impacts of Canadian government & corporate policies internationally
Canadian Foreign Policy Institute radio interviews with: Dawn Paley, Sakura Saunders, Jen Moore, Grahame Russell, Nicolas Barry-Shaw, Manuel Rosenthal
Angelica Choc (7 Years Fighting Mining Impunity in Guatemala) Suffers Attack in her Home
October 18, 2016, photos James Rodríguez / text Grahame Russell
Even the Bones of the Dead Are Not Safe: Stop Aura Minerals’ Honduran Mine Expansion
August 27, 2016, by Emilie Smith
Interview with Gustavo Castro, Survivor of Berta Caceres Assassination
September 2, 2016
1954 CIA Coup in Guatemala Effects Still Being Felt Today
June 27, 2016, by Grahame Russell
Mayan Families’ Quest For Justice Against Canadian Mining Company Hudbay
June 20, 2016, by Marina Jimenez
How A Guatemalan Murder Trial Could Forever Change Canadian Overseas Mining
June 20, 2016, by Marina Jimenez
Guatemalan Women’s Claims Put Focus on Canadian Firms’ Conduct Abroad
April 2, 2016, by Suzanne Daley
U.S. Should Legalize Mexican and Central American Migrants Now
January 2, 2016, by Grahame Russell
A Legacy Of Shame: Canadian Mining Companies Leave Behind Decades Of Violence In Guatemala
December 30, 2015, by Scott Price
Famine and Hunger in Guatemala: The Pathological Interdependence of Feast and Famine in the Global ‘Free Trade’ Order
by Grahame Russell
Forthcoming book: Mining Impunity in the Aftermath of Guatemala’s Genocide: The Violence of Contemporary Predatory Mineral Exploitation (provisional title)
Co-edited by Professor Catherine Nolin and Grahame Russell, “Mining Impunity in the Aftermath of Guatemala’s Genocide” (to be published late 2017, early 2018) addresses the environmental and health harms, human rights violations and repression linked to Canadian (and U.S.) companies INCO-Hudbay Minerals, Goldcorp Inc, Tahoe Resources, KCA-Radius Gold, and the role of governments and investors (private and pension funds) in promoting the relentless expansion of these mining interests, ignoring or denying the systemic harms, violations and repression the mining operations cause, and the endemic conditions of violence, corruption and impunity in Guatemala in which the companies are operating.
Book: Chixoy dam, displacement and development: Perspectives from Río Negro, Guatemala
By Nate Einbinder, with preface by Catherine Nolin, epilogue by Grahame Russell
FILM / VIDEO / RADIO – GUATEMALA
María Choc released on bail, will face trial, vows to keep fighting
(January 2018, 3 minute film by Los Despojados)
Indigenous Maya-Q’eqchi’ activist María Magdalena Cuc Choc was released on bail, but will face trial on what she says are trumped up charges linked to her activism. Choc has been supporting the community of Chab’il Ch’och’ in her capacity as human rights promoter and linguistic interpreter. The small farming community, comprised of about 50 indigenous Maya-Q’eqchi families, is embroiled in a land dispute with some of Guatemala’s most powerful elites, including former president Otto Pérez Molina. Choc’s lawyers believe that the accusations levied against her are part of a wider pattern of criminalisation of dissent. María’s sister Angelinca is known internationally for her role in the fight for justice against Canadian multinational Hudbay Minerals, while their brother Ramiro has spent almost 6 years in jail on trumped up charges similar to the ones María is facing.
Hudbay Minerals lawsuits (November 25, 2017)
The Drop video features interviews with Cory Wanless, of Klippensteins lawyers, and Grahame Russell, of Rights Action. View: https://www.facebook.com/thedropvideo/videos/370077746779053/
An award-winning 40 minute film (by Rachel Schmidt, 2013) documenting Maya Q’eqchi’ peoples’ struggle in Guatemala to reclaim ancestral lands and to seek justice in Canadian and Guatemalan courts for murder, shootings and rapes committed by police, soldiers and private security guards working for Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals and its Guatemalan subsidiary CGN.
Documental de 40 minutos hecho en 2013 sobre la lucha del pueblo Maya Q’eqchi’ en defensa de sus territorios ancestrales, y por la justicia en contra de la CGN (Compania Guatemalteca de Niquel) y Hudbay Minerals, en los tribunales Canadienses y Guatemaltecos, por la represión sufrida, incluyendo las violaciones de 11 mujeres de Lote 8, la muerte de Adolfo Ich y al ataque en contra de German Chub.
Hudbay Minerals on Trial: Impunity Reigns (2017)
4 minute film (by Lazar Konforti) reports how, on April 6, 2017, Mynor Padilla – ex Hudbay Minerals head of security – was found “not guilty” of killing Adolfo Ich and shooting-paralyzing German Chub Choc.
Hudbay Minerals e Impunidad en Guatemala (2017)
Esta pelicula de 4 minutos fue filmado el 6 de avril, 2017, al tribunal en Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, cuando hicieron publico el fallo de “no culpable” a Mynor Padilla, ex jefe de seguridad de Hudbay Minerals, por el asesinato de Adolfo Ich y ataque que dejo paralizado a German Chub Choc.
Choc vs. Hudbay (2016)
5 minute film (by James Rodriguez) commemorates Adolfo Ich, affirms the resistance of the Mayan Q’eqchi’ people.
Hudbay Mineral’s Hoax (2015)
51 minute film (by John Dougherty) documents harmful operations of Hudbay Minerals in Guatemala, Peru and Canada, and plans to construct the “Rosemont” copper mine in Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona.
Fraude de Hudbay Minerals (2015)
Documental de 45 minutos (por John Dougherty) sobre las operaciones de HudBay Minerals en Canada, Guatemala, Peru y los Estados Unidos.
How Can Angelica Choc and German Chub Get Justice?
3 minute report (by Steven Schnoor) documents how the Judge in the Adolfo Ich murder trial, ordered – May 2016 – a “security protection detail” for Mynor Padilla, ex head of security for Hudbay Minerals (and former lieutenant colonel in the Guatemalan Army), on trial for murder and the shooting-paralyzing of German Chub in September 2009.
They Cut Me In Half: Fundraiser for German Chub Choc (2014)
5 minute film (by Lazar Konforti) documents life of German Chub, a young Maya-Q’eqchi’ father left paralyzed after being shot by Mynor Padilla, head of security for Hudbay Minerals in Guatemala. One lung was permanently damaged; the bullet remains lodged next to his spinal column.
Defending Q’eqchi’ Territory from Mining: Fundraiser to rebuild Lote Ocho (2014)
5 minute film (by Lazar Konforti) documents how private security forces employed by Hudbay Minerals, along with Guatemalan police and soldiers, destroyed the Maya-Q’eqchi’ community of Lote Ocho, burning 100 homes to the ground, destroying personal property and food, and gang-raping 11 women villagers. Community members are rebuilding homes and community.
Two Struggles For Justice: Sexual Violence Against Mayan Q’eqchi’ Women In Guatemala
By ECAP (Equipo de Estudios Comunitarios y Accion Psico-Social), documenting two struggles for justice by Mayan Q’eqchi’ women: Sepur Zarco and Lote Ocho.
Ver (español): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4aOOSnJ4qo
View (q’eqchí-inglés): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEoFrsAyvf8
Precedent Setting Hudbay Minerals Lawsuits In Canada (October 22, 2013)
The Real News interview with Grahame Russell
Extreme Clergy – Guat/ Estor/ Mining / Dan Vogt (2007)
El Estor Evictions (2007)
By Steven Schnoor, this 10 minute film documents illegal, forced evictions of Mayan Q’eqchi’ communities in 2007 in Guatemala on behalf of Skye Resources & Hudbay Minerals.
Testimony of Rosa Elbira: Gang-rapes at Canadian mine in Guatemala
In 2007, private security forces employed by Canadian company Skye Resources (later owned by Hudbay Minerals), along with Guatemalan police and soldiers, violently evicted the Q’eqchi’ community of Lote Ocho, burning 100 homes to the ground, destroying all personal property and food stuffs, and gang-raping 11 women villagers. Rosa Elvira is one of the women.
U.S. Is Co-Responsible For Genocides In Guatemala
(October 28, 2013)
Interview with Grahame Russell outside court house where former U.S.-trained and backed general Efrain Rios Montt was on trial for genocide.
Genocide Trial in Guatemala
(June 3, 2013)
Warwick Fry interviews Grahame Russell in Guatemala for trial of former U.S. trained and supported general Efrain Rios Montt, found guilty of war crimes, including genocide.
No More Evictions! The Struggle For Indigenous Land In Post-War Guatemala
27 minute film by Lazar Konforti. In Guatemala, an unequal land ownership structure inherited from centuries of colonialism and decades of dictatorship is compounded by a corporate land grab. “No More Evictions” takes us to the Polochic valley where indigenous Q’eqchi’ communities face double threat of agribusiness and mining.
Chixoy Dam: No Reparations, No Justice, No Peace (2013)
By Lazar Konforti, this 15 minute film summarizes how, at the height of the genocides in Guatemala, the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank invested close to $1 billion in the Chixoy hydroelectric dam project. Thirty-two Mayan communities were forcibly displaced; hundreds of Rio Negro villagers were massacred.
Poverty In Pacux (2013)
By Rachel Schmidt, this 3 minute report documents how -over 34 years later- Mayan Achi survivors of the Chixoy Dam / Rio Negro massacres live in endemic poverty, discrimination and trauma in “Pacux”, a former military concentration camp, now cramped refugee community, still fighting for justice and full reparations.
Gold Fever (2013)
This award-winning film by Northland Films documents how Canadian mining giant Goldcorp Inc. continues to mine relentlessly in Guatemala, despite 12 years of repression, human rights violations, environmental destruction, and endemic corruption and impunity. Gold Fever takes the viewer into the homes and communities of courageous Mayan Mam people resisting harms and violations, struggling for justice and a different “development” model.
View trailer: http://www.goldfevermovie.com/
FILM / VIDEO / RADIO – HONDURAS
“Story Behind the Story: What Aura Minerals didn’t want us to see in Azacualpa”
4 minute film by Maggie Padlewska: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1uY6E6zs7Q
Rights violations, repression, impunity, corruption and profitable businesses in Honduras (April 4, 2017)
Wide Angle interview (26 minutes) with Grahame Russell about the assassination of Berta Caceres; the U.S. and Canadian backed 2009 military coup; U.S. and Canadian business interests with the post-military coup regimes; why so many Hondurans flee to the U.S., year after year.
Lands To Die For: The Garifuna Struggle In Honduras (December 20, 2016)
CCTV Americas 35 minute film about violent and corrupt challenges facing the Garifuna people, lead by the OFRANEH organization, in the context of the violence and repression, impunity and corruption that characterize the Honduran military, economic and political elites and their international partners.
Honduras: Blood and the Water (September 2016)
AlJazeera Faultlines 25 minute report on assassination of Indigenous, anti-imperialist, feminist, environmental activist Berta Caceres.
Canada Is Not Honduras’ Friend: Coups, Repression and Profits (November 5, 2016)
RadioFree Winnipeg interview with Grahame Russell
Conversation with Miriam Miranda of OFRANEH about Garífuna people in Honduras (June 9, 2016)
By Warwick Fry
Four Men Arrested For Murder Of Berta Caceres (May 4, 2016)
TheRealNews interview with Grahame Russell
Canadian Porn King on Trial for Tourism Projects in Honduras (Nov.13, 2015)
8 minute report by Lazar Konforti documents how Randy Jorgensen, the ‘porn king’, appeared in court on charges of illegally appropriating ancestral Garifuna lands.
El ‘Rey del Porno’ enjuiciado por usurpación de tierras Garífunas en Honduras (13 Nov., 2015)
El inversionista Canadiense Randy Jorgensen, alias ‘El Rey del Porno’, compareció ante el Juzgado de Letras en Trujillo, Honduras para contestar a cargos de transacciones ilegales y usurpación de tierras ancestrales Garífuna. La corte adoptó un ‘sobreseimiento provisional’, lo que significa que hay que buscar más pruebas antes de pasar a un juicio pleno, pero las comunidades Garífunas afectadas sospechan corrupción judicial y dicen que van a apelar le decisión. Jorgensen todavía corre el riesgo de perder todas sus inversiones.
All That Glitters Isn’t Gold: A Story Of Exploitation and Resistance (2008)
By Steven Schnoor, 10 minute film documents health harms and other violations people have suffered, residing near Goldcorp Inc’s open-pit/ mountain-top removal, cyanide-leaching gold mine in Honduras’ Siria Valley.
Real Costs of Gold Mining: Goldcorp in Honduras (2008)
In this 9-minute film, villagers from the Siria Valley, Honduras, speak about health harms caused by Goldcorp’s “San Martin” mountain-top removal, cyanide-leaching gold mine.
Resistencia – The Fight For The Aguan Valley
After the June 28, 2009 coup d’état, Resistencia picks up the story of repression suffered by farmers committed by the most powerful man in Honduras and the military backed regime.
View trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/resistencia